I have to admit, after the New Year’s spirit has come and gone, it can be hard to stay motivated to eat healthy and work out. It is important for long term health to stay active and to fuel your body with proper nutrition. Even if you don’t care about the number on the scale (which you shouldn’t) or being the next Victoria’s Secret angel, you should still have a concern for your overall health. Staying healthy will give you more energy and boost your mood.
Sometimes after a long week of back to back pizza nights and football games on the couch, you just need to refocus. I love to search for motivational quotes that help me to stay strong when I become discouraged.
“Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.”- Unknown
This quote is one of my favorites to reflect on and use to get myself back into the right mindset for the next day. When you slip up on your diet or exercise routine, it is easy to feel like giving up. Instead, try to become re-motivated. Look up fitness Instagram accounts that you admire or look up yummy healthy food on Instagram (that always helps me!).
2. Remind yourself why you started
I encourage you to keep a journal and write in it every other day how you are feeling throughout the process of getting healthier. Don’t record your weight or keep a food diary, keep a journal about how being healthier is improving your well-being. As you become discouraged in your journey, you can always look back on this journal to remind yourself how far you have come. Also, I encourage you to record your reasons for beginning your journey to a healthy lifestyle. These very reasons will give you the drive to continue. Whether it is wanting to see your grandchildren grow up or decrease medications, any reason that you feel passionate about will be a good motivator.
3. Take Before and After Pictures
We have all seen them. The dramatic pictures that show off an individual’s weight loss displayed side by side. Although it took months and months to get from picture A to picture B, we view them in the same instant. Taking a picture every three weeks can help inspire you to keep going. On the back on the pictures, write the new milestones you have reached. Can you fit a towel around yourself now or see your feet? Record these important moments. When you are done with your journey to health, you will not only have a before and after picture, but also pictures along your journey. Maybe you can use these photos to help inspire friends and family who struggle with their health. Keep in mind however, not only does your body change, but also your skin will clear up and your hair will become healthier. Make sure to include these improved features in your photos and notes as well!
4. Love your body at each stage
If you decide today that you hate your body, your journey will be long and miserable. You will wake up every morning waiting for change that simply takes time. Don’t design a food or workout plan that is not realistic and that will be a quick crash diet. Buy clothes that are flattering to your figure, eat enough to be satisfied, and enjoy treats periodically with friends. Because this process should promote a lifestyle change, you don’t want to feel deprived or depressed. The most important step is to always love yourself. Although this is also the hardest rule, it is by far the most important to your success and happiness.